Book leads to North Loop coffee shop
When Teri Peppe began writing her Minnesota mystery novel, "Critical Mass," the first book in a series "The Marysburg Chronicles," she had no idea she would open a literary coffee shop at Washington Avenue and 3rd Avenue North because of it.
"I wrote the book in a coffee house. I just loved it. I found it was a good place for me to write," Peppe said. "I thought this is the kind of place I would love to spend more time in."
However, Peppe wished her coffee house had more than coffee. "I wished they had other things. I could imagine a place that was very community-focused and event-focused and had a lot of things that were targeted toward creative people and creative minds," she said. "I liked that idea so much I decided to write up a business plan for it."
So this summer, Peppe will open The Marysburg Books Coffee Emporium in North Loop.
"The strange thing was that as I was
writing the book, as sort of an inside joke I did some things that were coffee-related in the book itself," she said. "One of my main characters has kind of a coffee quirk personality -- a real espresso lover."
Peppe's book release will coincide with the store's opening.
Besides coffee, Peppe plans to have open-mike nights, poetry slams and local performing artists as well as tarot card readings and high teas. On Sundays, she will offer two story hours -- "one for the Harry-Potter-aged children and another for the Dr.-Seuss-aged children."
Peppe said she would also have private workstations for writers and a small conference room for neighborhood businesses to hold staff meetings. The coffee shop will not have a full kitchen, but Peppe will sell waffles, soups, sandwiches, chili, gourmet pastries and a few other offerings.